Issue 1261 23rd June 2019

Annual Church Gate Collection for St Mary’s Junior & Senior Schools will take place at all Masses this weekend.

Peter’s Pence Collection for the Pope’s Charities will take place at all Masses next weekend 29th 30th June. This will replace the Share Collection

Sunday 23rd June 2019

Bishop Eamonn Walsh will celebrate 11.15am Mass in St. Joseph’s Church Valleymount & will bless the new Memory Garden after Mass.

All children who received 1st Communion this year are invited to 10am Mass in Blessington, dressed in Communion clothes for the final Mass in the Communion Programme.

Monday 24th June 2019

Holy Hour in Crosschapel every Monday after 10am Mass. (ex Bank Holidays)

Tuesday 25th June 2019

Citizens Information Centre in Blessington Library from 1pm to 4pm. Legal advice service on 1st & 3rd Tues of month by appointment

Eucharistic Adoration from 7.30pm to 8.30pm in Blessington Church.

Wednesday 26th June 2019

The Citizens Information Centre is open in Blessington Library today 10am to 12.30pm.

The Rosary will be offered at 7.30pm for the intentions of our families in Blessington Church

Christian Meditation Group meet in the Mass Centre in Brittas from 11am. All welcome

Thursday 27th June 2019

West Wicklow Cancer Support – Drop in Meeting, “Have you been Touched by Cancer? Take Time for You” An evening of Craft & Creativity followed by meditation & some light refreshments, Thursday 27th June 7.30pm, Coimin Centre, Blessington. All welcome, no charge, feel free to bring a friend. 087 434 6004

Friday 28th June 2019

Dancing in Aid of the Men’s Shed continues in Valleymount on Friday the 28th June. Dancing 9.30pm to 12. Music by Tony Byrd. Admission €10. Spot prizes on the night

Mass Intentions this Week

Noel Cruise (RD) Danny Murphy (RD)

Saturday 6pm: Mairead Hudson (Mths Mind) John & Sarah Magee (A) Daragh Rowan (A)

Kevin Shiels (A)

Sunday 10am: Liam Farrell (A)

Ann Fitzgerald (RD)

We also Remember the following:

Tim Murphy (A) Rachel Murphy (A)

Kathleen (Kitty) Kelly (A)

Monday: Mass for those on the list for Sick

Tuesday: Sp Intentions, Sp Intentions

Wednesday: Margaret Byrne (RD)

Ann Weafer (RD)

Thursday: Get Well, Get Well

Friday: Blessington Deceased Mass Card List

Local St Vincent de Paul 087 181 1579

National Tidy Towns judging will take place from June 8th to August 4th this year. We are judged under several categories & the appearance & upkeep of our main street, approach roads, all our estates & business premises are a major factor in the results & ability to gain extra marks. Everyone can help, by ensuring Blessington is litter free & looking it’s best, as together we can make a difference. Many thanks for all your effort.

Visitation of the Sick: If there are any parishioners ill, at home or in hospital who would like a visit from a priest, please contact the Parish Office to let us know and to make arrangements 045 865 327

Cemetery Sunday Templeboden Sun 7th July at 3pm. Please inform family & friends.

Sunday 30th June – Children’s Church at 10am Mass in Church of Our Lady for children aged 5 to 10 years.

Valleymount Art & Heritage Weekend

June 21st – 8pm in Valleymount Hall Valleymount Theatre Company presents William Shakespeare’s Comedy  ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ appropriately on ‘Midsummers Night’!

June 22nd – 8pm in Valleymount Hall Heritage Exhibition ‘The History of The Parish’ followed by a talk on the history of the parish.

June 23rdBishop Eamonn Walsh will celebrate 11.15am Mass in St. Joseph’s Church Valleymount.This will be followed by a Blessing of THE MEMORY GARDEN at the front of The Parochial House.The garden is to commemorate the memory of the families who were displaced & affected by the flooding of the Valley 1939 / 1940 Heritage Exhibition & Tea Rooms until 3pm

The Community Pool for West Wicklow AGM will be on Tuesday July 2nd at 7pm in Blessington Library. We will be electing a fundraising subcommittee on the night as well as giving an update on how the campaign has been going and discussing what’s planned next. Everyone is welcome and it’s a great way to get involved in the campaign to get a Pool for West Wicklow! For more information email us at

Hollywood Friendship Club every Wed from 2.15pm to 4.15pm. New members always welcome.

Tai Chi Classes (in aid of the Coimin Centre) every Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm in HD Fitness (under the Lemon Tree). Suitable for all ages & levels of fitness, this is a gentle form of exercise which improves coordination, balance, joint mobility & core strength. We ask participants to make a €3 contribution for the Centre.

Lugnaquilla – Eamonn Murray Memorial Charity Walk on Sun 23rd June at 2pm Leaving from Fenton’s Bar at 2pm. Donations on the day please for St Brigid’s Hospice.

A Beautiful Celebration of Music featuring emerging classical artists on Thursday 27th June at 7.30pm in the Moat Theatre Naas 045 883 030. Tickets €10. Proudly supporting “Make a Wish” and “The Irish Cancer Society”

Try Sailing at BLSC this Summer. With courses for children aged 6 to 18 years of all abilities, choose Blessington Sailing Club for your child’s Summer adventure. For booking and more info, please email Alex at, or find us on Facebook.

 Blessington Bingo Every Wednesday at 8.15 in the Avon (Avon Ri) Great Prizes, Extra Raffle Prizes Shuttle Bus €2 return. Jess: 086 860 2822 or Catherine 087 122 4019

Blessington GAA Club Golf Classic on Friday 12th July in Craddockstown Golf Club. Cost is €300 for a team of 4 including the round of golf, dinner & plenty of prizes!! The day promises lots of fun, during and after!! Book now to ensure your preferred tee time by contacting one of the following: Arthur Hennessy 087 239 6157, Emer McIntyre Reape 087 226 2286, John Williamson 086 825 6556

Happy Faces Community Playgroup are now enrolling for September 2019, we offer ECCE & part time places, at Happy Faces we support & encourage young children through a planned play-based curriculum, to grow into independent little people, who have a love for life & learning, enquires please phone 085 128 1605  alternatively email  Find us on Facebook.

 West Wicklow Cancer Support Essential Oils Mediation hosted by Gemma Deeney of Yogagym. 6-week session commencing Wed 19th June 11.30am to 12.30pm in Primary Care Centre Blessington. No charge, all welcome, please bring a friend. 087 434 6004 or “The best cure for the body is a quiet mind”, come & join us

Blessington Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others Team is looking for new members. We are having a relaunch next Tuesday 25th June at 7.30pm. Our training sessions are focused on building up fitness with a bit of football thrown in! If you fancy trying something new & meeting some new people, please come along & try it out.

Hollywood Annual Sports Day on Sunday 14th July in GAA Field, Athletic Events, Dog Show, Side Shows, Produce Stall, Raffle, Fun & Games for all. Refreshments served. More details nearer the date.

Holiday Camp with Blessington Fencing Club from Monday 8th July to Friday 12th July 9am to 1pm. Cost is €100 for Club members and €120 for non-members. Call to book 087 676 4183

Summer Bridge at Blessington Lakes Golf Club, Baltyboys, Valleymount at 7.30pm sharp. All Welcome

Date For your Diary – Supper/Dance in Hollywood Centre on Saturday 20th July. Food Served at 8pm. Dancing until Midnight, music by THE WICKLOW MAN.  Adm €20. This is the Senior Citizens/ Friendship Clubs contribution to The Fair. Great night assured

Cruthú Art Group has now reopened at Russborough for the Summer Season from 11am to 5pm on weekends & Bank Holidays.  We will also open Fridays & selected days later in Summer.  If you have any enquiries about our work, please email Drop in anytime to view unique locally produced art & crafts.

Blessington Library Summer Stars Reading Adventure for children during the summer from 15th of June to the end of August. Summer Stars is an exciting reading-based programme which is available free of charge to all children. We are very happy to work with teachers and families to encourage children to continue reading and also to participate in our range of storytelling and other fun activities during the summer. Each child is invited to register for the adventure at the library. All participants will be given a Summer Stars Reading Card to record and track their own progress, and there will be rewards and incentives along the way. At the end of the adventure, all children who participate are invited to attend the Grand Finale. Children and families will also have access to fun reading activities on the Summer Stars website, The site has lots of online activities as well as a range of animated ebooks. You will find a children’s books discussion board and interviews with well-known people about their favourite books. There are also helpful tips for reading and recommended titles by age group for children to read. The books can then be borrowed from the library service, and it’s all free.

Happiness is not having what you want. It is appreciating what you have




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